In a horrifying incident, a four-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district on Thursday, as he stepped out of his house.
The incident occurred near Rajiv Gruha Kalpa colony at Adavitakkellapadu, where around six dogs attacked Dupati Prem Kumar.
The Times of India reported that a woman heard the boy screaming, and threw stones at the dogs that were attacking him, but it was too late.
The dogs had reportedly gnawed at his neck, hands and head, following which Kumar was rushed to the Guntur Government Hospital (GGH), where he succumbed to his injuries soon after.
â€œWe have vaccinated 2,367 stray dogs so far. We have sterilised them according to court orders and left them at the same place where we picked them," Guntur Municipal Corporation Commissioner C Anuradha told ToI.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that many locals were shocked by the boy's death, and said that stray dogs had become a big menace in the area.
A team led by deputy municipal commissioner D Srinivasa Rao and public health officer Dr Sobha Rani visited the spot, too look into the matter, the DC report adds.
The Guntur General Hospital superintendent D Raju Naidu told media persons, that the the boy died of multiple bleeding injuries on his body.
A case was also reportedly registered with the Old Guntur Police.
This is not the first such horrifying case to be reported from Guntur district.
In March this year, at least 12 people were injured after stray dogs attacked residents of Lingamguntla and Pedakurapadu.
Most of the victims were reported to be agricultural labourers, who were rushed and treated at the Pedakurapadu Primary Health Centre (PHC).
According to reports, an investigation by the state's Health Department at the time, revealed that the GGH received 1,714 cases of dog bites in April, besides another 1,335 in March and 1,454 in February this year.